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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake


He said:

This is a fantastic creation of a film though based in fact has a love affair with fiction (Zuckerberg mentioned in one interview that while most events in the film are fictitious he does own all of the shirts Eisenberg wears in the film.)

This film has received countless positive reviews and having finally seen it, it is not at all surprising. The actor that stood out to me the most was Andrew Garfield. Those Spider-Man fans that were initially concerned about a British actor playing Peter Parker will be able to sigh in relief at his convincing American accent.

Fans of David Fincher will notice a much more subtle approach to the adaption then in former fan favorites like Fight Club and Se7en. With The Social Network Fincher helmed a fantastic film truly expressing his talent.

This is a film about an idea, a friendship and eventually the betrayal of the latter to serve the former. I think the emotions in this film are handled very convincingly and over all this is a superb film I give it {{{4 out of 5}}}

She said:

The Social Network has been hailed as 'the film of a generation' by some critics and, having now seen the film, I agree; while youths of the sixties discovered drugs and free love, teenagers of today are discovering a world of knowledge and entertainment right in their own homes. And some people who were once called 'nerdy' (like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg) have taken this culture and cashed in on it.

The film itself was a great portrayal of the story of how Facebook came about although, as James says, I don't think fidelity was top of The Social Network's list of priorities. However, despite not being that accurate in its adaptation, I don't think this hindered the film. Personally if I had wanted the absolute truth I probably would have been disappointed by what I got! In fact diverging from the truth allowed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to inject pure entertainment value into this movie.

The stand out performances were Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin. One performance I didn't enjoy was Justin Timberlake as Napster creator Sean Parker because I found myself just wanting to punch him... although then again I think that was kind of the point! Armie Hammer also stood out as both of the Winkelvoss twins which, by the way, showed off some fantastic special effects.

I highly recommend this film because whether you take what you see as the truth or as total fiction you are bound to enjoy the film. There are characters you'll hate, characters you'll love and characters you'll feel pretty sorry for. If you think you are part of the 'internet generation' I mentioned then do yourself a favour and give this film a go. I give this film {{{4.5 out of 5}}}

They said: While the history of how an elite university website came to dominate social networking worldwide may not strike the average passerby as a must see film, this film has an excellent narrative and is well worth your time. We give it [[[?? out of 10]]]

Question of the day: Facebook has clawed its way to the top of the social network mountain, does anyone still have an active Myspace account?

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